Women's Volleyball Downed in Five Sets by Plymouth State

Women's Volleyball Downed in Five Sets by Plymouth State

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team lost an epic five-set match with Plymouth State University, 3-2 (27-25, 25-17, 23-25, 18-25, 15-12), on Saturday to finish play at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh's Cardinal Classic in Memorial Hall Gymnasium. The Panthers were ranked seventh in the final 2021 NCAA Division III Region I rankings.


  • Saint Michael's (1-6), Plymouth State (2-1)


  • First-year Dana Welch (Howell, N.J./Donovan Catholic), 16 kills, 11 digs, 2 blocks
  • Senior Caroline Curley (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury), 7 kills, .500 hitting, 5 digs, 4 blocks, 2 aces
  • Sophomore Alexandra Báez Rentas (San Juan, Puerto Rico/New Dimensions), 32 assists, 16 digs, 5 kills, 2 blocks
  • Senior Beth Syverson (Huntington, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union/Emmanuel [Mass.]), 4 kills, 5 blocks
  • Junior Caitlin O'Connor (Bourne, Mass./Bourne), 4 kills, 2 blocks
  • Senior Maddie Van Winkle (Medford, Mass./Arlington Catholic), 14 digs
  • Sophomore Aaliyah Huihui-Martinez (Salinas, Calif./Notre Dame), 11 digs, 4 assists, 2 aces
  • First-year Ella Patterson (Folsom, Calif./Vista Del Lago), 9 digs


  • Sophomore Lilli Stogner, 14 kills, 10 digs, 7 aces
  • Sophomore Morgan Drinkwater, 11 kills
  • First-year Kalista Butler, 25 assists, 9 digs, 6 aces
  • First-year Riley McDonough, 20 assists, 3 aces
  • Sophomore Makayla Marucci, 16 digs


  • The Purple Knights held a 67-64 lead in digs and took the Panthers five despite being edged in blocks (10.0-9.0), aces (19-6) and hitting percentage (.170-.107). Plymouth State committed more attack errors (26-25) and significantly more service miscues (23-10).
  • The teams played through 27 ties during the match.


  • Welch carried the Purple Knights during a 9-0 run in the opening set that turned a two-point edge into a 16-5 lead, downing six kills in that time alone, including four straight at one point. Still down 19-12 after Báez Rentas' kill, the Panthers went ahead and held set point, 24-23, thanks to a 12-4 counter. Patterson tied the score with a kill before Saint Michael's reached set point of its own on a tandem block by Báez Rentas and Syverson, but senior Emilee Flanagan and sophomore Lindsey Sanderson both had a kill and a block during a clinching 3-0 run.
  • After Flanagan's kill pushed the Panthers' lead to 13-8 in the second set, five straight points - all on miscues - allowed Saint Michael's to forge a tie. Junior Haley Stanton (Nashua, N.H./Nashua North) put down a kill for a 15-all tie, but Butler posted five aces during an 8-0 response.
  • Curley's kill forced another 15-15 deadlock in set No. 3 before the Panthers looked on the verge of sweeping the match thanks to a 7-2 run. However, Welch finished off a tying 5-0 run to make it 22-22 and, after junior Ryley McNeeley's go-ahead kill, Welch again posted a tying kill, and the final two Purple Knight points came on errors.
  • Plymouth State led 3-2 in the fourth set, but the Purple and Gold took control with a 6-0 counter, extending its lead to 22-12 on O'Connor's kill. A pair of Stogner aces keyed a 6-1 run, bringing the Panthers within 23-18, but Syverson responded with a kill, and an error knotted the match.
  • Neither team led by more than two points in the fifth set until Stogner and junior Nora Ryan had kills in a tie-breaking 3-0 run, giving Plymouth State a 9-6 advantage on the final lead swing. The Purple Knights edged within a single point three times down the stretch, including on Curley's kill to make it 11-10, but Butler notched an ensuing kill as her team scored four of the final six points.


  • Tuesday vs. Middlebury College, 7 p.m.
  • The Panthers qualified for the 2021 NCAA Division III Tournament.